When you take a music course at The Manchester College, you’ll be taught by a team that doesn’t just talk the talk but has actually walked the walk. With experience that spans decades, and touches almost every corner of the music industry, your tutors still maintain close industry links that keep that at the cutting edge of the sectors latest developments.
Stuart Steen - Assistant Principal
Stuart is Assistant Principal for the Creative Industries department which includes Creative and Digital Media, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. He is passionate about developing staff and students and their ability to become successful in whatever they do. He manages a team of experts across the Creative Industries department that are experts in their field and focused on ensuring our students develop the best possible knowledge and skills to equip and prepare them for their chosen career.
Emma Burgess - Head of Department
Emma joined The Manchester College as Head of Department for Music, Creative and Digital Media in 2021. She possesses more than 12 years’ experience in music education and has a degree in Visual Arts as well as a PGCert in Further and Higher Music Education and an MA in Educational Leadership. Emma is focused on ensuring that the student voice is heard and used to continuously improve the student experience on their course, while maintaining quality standards She is passionate about music and the creative industries, spending much of her time outside of her role collecting records, attending gigs and visiting art galleries.
Steve Smith - Team Leader Further Education
Steve has worked on several projects throughout his career as a freelance sound designer and computer games composer, as a studio sound engineer and an events manager working in partnership in the live sound festival circuit for the communities of Manchester. Steve has also released music close to his heart that is Jungle / DnB and cannot pass a set of decks without “having a go”.
Phil Moody - Adult and Higher Education Team Leader
Phil is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and composer whose performance career has included extensive European touring and studio recording through record deals with BMG and Chrysalis. For ten years he owned and ran a commercial recording studio in Leeds, producing and engineering many artists and bands. Phil has a long history of composing and song writing for his own bands, other artists, radio and media. He has a Masters Degree in Music Production and over 15 years’ experience in music education.
Sean is a Level 2/3 Music Performance tutor who specialises in electric guitar. Alongside a PGCE, Sean completed a BA(hons) degree in ‘Popular Music & Recording’ at The University of Salford. Since then, he has actively worked as a guitarist in the North-West/online music scene; honing his skills in live performance and instrumental technique. With over 16+ years of experience playing guitar, Sean has performed at numerous radio shows, festivals and venues including the 02 Academy Liverpool.
Tom specialises in studio recording and live sound techniques. He is an experienced sound recording engineer and has worked with a broad range of recording artists such as beatboxer Dub FX and 60’s beat group the Dakotas.
Tom also performs, composes and produces his own music. He has performed at venues such as the Royal Festival hall in London and played at festivals across the United Kingdom and Europe.
Paul specialises in guitar and performance. He has been involved in the Lancaster music scene for longer than he cares to remember, and has played in various bands over the years at festivals across Europe.
Paul currently plays numerous gigs each year as guitarist and bouzouki player in North West-based ceilidh band Price of My Pig.
Dave is a DJ, producer and teacher of music technology. As a DJ he regularly performs in Manchester at various bars and clubs, and has also played at numerous events outside the city including an appearance at Soundwave Festival in Croatia.
As a producer he has released a number of tracks commercially, his music has been played on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, and by a host of club DJs both in the UK and internationally. He has managed an independent record label which has released music in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan, and he has promoted music events in Manchester.
Rosie has worked at the college for over 10 years and specialises in vocal technique and group performance.
She brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the classroom where she shares her first hand and current experience of the music industry with learners. She is an accomplished vocalist who performs regularly with funk, soul and disco band, Dreamer, playing floor fillers from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s at major venues across the North West. Rosie continues to attend courses and masterclasses, ensuring she is best placed to teach and coach vocalists to ensure they stand out from the crowd.
Lee has over 25 years of experience playing and recording in live bands all over Europe, including established acts such as Muse, Arctic Monkeys and the 1975.
His music and videos have been played all over the world most recently on Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio Lancashire and MTV2.
As well as teaching Music Performance and Technology, he is still recording and performing all over the UK.
Mark started his DJing career at the age of 15 playing venues such as Sequins, Fantazia, Mythology and the legendary Hacienda, where he won the North West DMC DJ Championships. He’s also DJ’d across the world in Malia, Ibiza, Brussels and in the US as well as at Glastonbury.
Mark has produced his own music with his DJ group, The Mix Factory, who charted in the UK singles chart and also gained success in the American charts.
As a freelance composer and producer, Andy has written music for Western Union, LA Fitness, Volvo, Axa Insurance and Major League Soccer, as well as having placements on UK, US, Australian, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Korean TV.
As a session bass player and guitarist, he’s played with many bands and artists over the years from funk, neo-soul, rock, jazz, reggae and musicals to function work and studio sessions.
Josef plays trumpet and keyboards and has performed with professional bands and artists such as Sam Lee, Aim, Mr Scruff, Roy Ayres and many more, both in the studio and on tour.
He has performed at many professional venues and festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Ronnie Scotts and at Maida Vale for the John Peel Show on Radio 1.
He also specialises in music production and has released albums and remixes, and he continues to work in the studio creating original music.
Chris is a soulful DJ, electronic musician and artist from Bradford who has been providing music to the jazz, soul, house and funk crowd for several years. Chris enjoys making and selecting exciting and danceable music which can keep people moving all night. He is also an avid vinyl collector with thousands of records, as well as large digital music collections.